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Letters from the Queen of Navarre with an Ample Declaration

This edition presents in English, for the first time, Jeanne d’Albret’s Letters to the king, his mother, his brother, her own brother-in-law, and the queen of England, together with her Ample Declaration (1568) defending her decampment to the Protestant stronghold of La Rochelle. A historical-biographical introduction situates these writings in the larger context of Reformation politics and examines in detail the specific literary characteristics of her memoir. In her works, Jeanne d’Albret asserts her own position as legal sovereign of Béarn and Navarre and situates herself at the nexus of overlapping political, religious, and familial tensions.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1
A Note on the Translation 37
Letters from the Queen of Navarre with an Ample Declaration 39
Chronology 95
Genealogical Tables 99
Maps 103
Bibliography 105
Index 111

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